Raw Garlic could reduce lung cancer

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Publisher's note:  This is encouraging news for those suffering from Lung Cancer and their families.  With the increases in Cancer rates, I'm all for anything that might help, especially natural treatments.

Fox News:  A clove of garlic a day might keep the vampires away, but the vegetable may have other protective properties as well.

According to a new study by researchers from the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention in China, consuming raw garlic might actually help prevent lung cancer, along with other various chronic health problems.

Researchers believe that raw garlic's benefits are connected to a chemical called allicin, which is released once raw garlic is smashed or diced. This chemical is believed to not only reduce inflammation, but also reduce damage from free radicals to the body's cells.

For the study, the research team analyzed data from 1,424 lung cancer patients and 4,500 healthy adults that was collected from 2003 to 2010. The results showed that frequent consumption of raw garlic cut the risk of lung cancer by 44 percent for those who did not smoke. 

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New hope for cat allergies?

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Publisher's note:  Millions of people around the globe suffer greatly from such allergies.  How great it would be if these allergies could be reduced or eliminated; perhaps making a dent in the number of homeless pets as well?

Fox News:  Scientists at Cambridge University have discovered how allergic reactions to cats are triggered, in a study they say could pave the way for new treatments.

Researchers believe that a protein found in cat dander -- microscopic skin particles shed by animals -- can trigger an allergic response in humans when it comes into contact with a common bacteria.

Reactions can include sneezing and coughing, swollen, itchy eyes and breathing difficulties, similar to the symptoms of a common cold.  Scientists are hopeful that the research, published in the Journal of Immunology, could lead to the development of new treatments, not only for cat allergy sufferers but also for people allergic to dogs.

The most common allergen is the Fel d 1 protein, which is found in cats' saliva and spreads easily to their skin when they groom themselves.

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New protein controls cancer metastasis

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Researchers have found a critical element that may explain why some cancers spread farther and faster than others, a discovery that could lead to one of the Holy Grails of cancer treatment: containing the disease.

Scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a protein that seems to serve as a switch, regulating the spread of cancer from the primary tumor to distant spots in the body – a process known as metastasis.  The protein is used by embryo cells during early development, but then disappears from the body after an individual comes out of the womb.

According to the researchers, the protein was only found in people with metastatic cancer, leading them to belive that the regulation of this protein could potentially stop the dangerous progression of this killer disease.

“The protein seems to get turned off (after embryonic development), and we’ve only identified a small sub-population of cells that can turn it on,” lead investigator, Dr. Thomas Kipps, Evelyn and Edwin Tasch Chair in Cancer Research at UC San Diego, told FoxNews.com.  “By and large, we looked at the brain, lungs, heart, kidney and other organs, and it wasn’t there. Then we looked at a variety of cancers – breast, ovarian, prostate – and it seems to be a common theme to express this embryonic protein.”

Kipps said they stumbled upon this protein while conducting immunotherapy research on leukemia patients, in which they reengineered the patients’ leukemia cells and injected them into their bodies.  This technique is meant to enhance the body’s natural immune response to cancer.

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Medical Professionals saved countless lives at Boston Marathon

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Publisher's note:  As I put this article to print, my mind and fingers are numb.  Only time will tell the final toll of victims and costs to the City of Boston.  God bless the men and women who aided those in need and responded to this unspeakable horror.

Fox News:  While today’s bombings have been devastating and tragic, I feel as though the hundreds of medical personnel, ambulances and medical tents set up for the marathon dramatically helped the situation.

With these types of injuries, the key is always time.  By having numerous ambulances on standby for the race, many of the most critical patients were able to be transported to hospitals almost instantly.

Fortunately, there were trained medical personnel in the area, who were able to provide immediate first aid.   In those medical tents, professional medics could potentially start emergency intravenous (IV) infusions to support some of the patients that were going into shock.  One of the most important treatments for trauma of this kind is hydration.

“It helps increase your intravascular volume,” Dr. Doug Finefrock, vice chairman for the emergency trauma department at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, told FoxNews.com. “In fact in trauma cases, our first treatment is to rapidly hydrate the patient through IV hydration.  It helps maintain their blood pressure, as the patient is being assessed for the need for a blood transfusion.”

Not only is hydration key during trauma cases, but emergency room doctors must also help maintain the patient’s oxygen flow.

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Machine Keeps Liver Functioning outside of body

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A donated human liver has been kept alive, warm and functioning outside a human being on a newly-developed machine and then successfully transplanted into patients in a medical world first.

A British team of doctors, engineers and surgeons announcing the achievement on Friday said it could be common practice in hospitals across the developed world within a few years, up to doubling the number of livers available for transplant.

So far the procedure has been performed on two patients on Britain's liver transplant waiting list and both are making excellent recoveries, the medical team told a news conference.

"It was astounding to see an initially cold, grey liver flushing with colour once hooked up to our machine and performing as it would within the body," said Constantin Coussios, a professor of biomedical engineering at Oxford University and one of the machine's co-inventors.

"What was even more amazing was to see the same liver transplanted into a patient who is now walking around."

Currently livers destined for transplant are kept "on ice" in a process which cools them to slow down their metabolism and does not keep them functioning as they would inside a body.

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